Bowl with Sunflowers, Roses and Other Flowers

During his stay in Paris, Van Gogh painted a lot of still lives and self-portraits. Vincent wanted to develop his painting skills and he experimented with different techniques. He used daily objects as his subjects, which were easy to get his hands on.

Besides the fact that the daily objects were easy to find, they were also pleasant models. Vincent was tired of hiring amateur models, who changed their poses too much. This annoyed him and made him lose his concentration.

When he was forced to work inside his studio, because of bad weather, Van Gogh preferred to paint still lives above the nagging models. The still lives gave him more freedom and didn’t cost him anything. Vincent’s friends often gave him flowers to paint with, which allowed Vincent to make different color combinations.

Current Location: Stadtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany